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Dollar rises as US retail sales perk up, yen retreats NEW YORK: The dollar gained on Thursday, buoyed by a surge in US retail sales in May that could push Federal Reserve policymakers toward raising US interest rates as early as September. The dollar, which had traded weakly over the previous three days, was up as much as 1.1 percent against the yen after posting on Wednesday its biggest single-day drop in six months versus the Japanese currency. American consumers last month increased spending by 1.2 percent after an upwardly revised 0.2 percent gain in April, the Commerce Department said. April sales were previously reported unchanged. Forecasters polled by Reuters had predicted a 1.1 percent increase in retail sales, following an unexpectedly robust jobs report last week that bolstered confidence in the US economic outlook and prospects for higher interest rates. "The market, which had been expecting something after September, now may be slipping more towards lift-off in September," said ...

Dollar firms as traders eye US retail sales data NEW YORK: The dollar inched ahead on Tuesday, getting help from increasing US government bond yields and expectations that a Federal Reserve interest rate hike may come as early as September. The euro, which rose 1.5 percent against the dollar in a selloff of the greenback on Monday, was last down 0.12 percent at $1.1277 after trading as low as $1.1215.The dollar was also firmer against sterling and the Swiss franc but traded flat against ...
Dollar rallies on US jobs data, hits 13-yr peak vs yen NEW YORK: The US dollar rallied to a 13-year peak against the yen and rose sharply against the euro on Friday after data showing US job growth accelerated in May, bolstering the case for a Federal Reserve interest rate hike as early as September. Nonfarm payrolls increased 280,000 last month, the largest gain since December, the Labor Department said. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast payrolls rising 225,000. The increase in average hourly earnings took ...
Dollar slips against euro on ECB comments, rising Bund yields NEW YORK: The US dollar hit its lowest against the euro in over two weeks on Wednesday after the European Central Bank kept monetary policy steady despite recent market volatility and Bund yields extended their rise. The ECB sees no reason to adjust its monetary policy stance in response to a recent rise in bond yields in Europe, ECB President Mario Draghi told a news conference after the bank held interest rates as expected. That ...
Latam FX down on Fed fears; debt issuance supports real RIO DE JANEIRO: Most Latin American currencies weakened on Monday following strong US economic data, but the real was steady as a number of Brazilian companies including Petrobras issued debt abroad, boosting prospects for dollar inflows.The currencies of Mexico, Chile and Colombia dropped between 0.7 percent and 1.2 percent after reports showed US manufacturing activity picked up in May and construction spending surged in April to a nearly 6-1/2-year high.The data supported bets that the ...
Dollar hits 12-1/2-year peak against yen on US data NEW YORK: The US dollar rose on Monday, hitting a 12-1/2-year peak against the yen after the release of stronger-than-expected data on US manufacturing and construction spending, while renewed worries over a Greek default contributed to the euro's weakness. Reports showed US manufacturing picked up in May and construction spending surged in April to a nearly 6-1/2-year high. The data bolstered optimism about the health of the US economy and hardened confidence the Federal Reserve ...
C$ touches 1-1/2 month low as data lifts greenback TORONTO: The Canadian dollar beat a sharp retreat against its US counterpart on Monday, hurt by oil prices that fell on expectations that OPEC production levels will stay elevated, while the greenback was lifted by economic data.The US dollar rose against key currencies on figures that showed stronger-than-expected manufacturing activity in May and that construction spending picked up sharply in April, boosting expectations a US interest hike is likely this year.Those data points followed an ...


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